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Swiss Reveals Menu From Kempinski Palace Engelberg for Premium Passengers

The new menu options takes passengers to Central Switzerland for the winter chapter of it’s Swiss Taste of Switzerland program

by Rachel Dube

December 11, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of SWISS

Switzerland’s flag carrier, SWISS, has collaborated with the country’s top chefs for the last twenty years to offer a meal program called ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland.’ This winter, SWISS has partnered with Michéle Müller, the executive chef at the luxury Kempinski Palace Engelberg Hotel in Canton Obwalden, Central Switzerland, for their latest chapter.

Photo: Executive Chef Michéle Müller, Kempinski Palace Engelberg Hotel. Courtesy of SWISS

“We are delighted to be able to offer our inflight guests these creations by Michéle Müller,” says Julia Hillenbrand, Head of Brand Experience at SWISS. “Michéle works with surprising ingredients and interprets classic dishes with her own distinctive flair. So our passengers can look forward to some genuine culinary highlights from the Kempinski Palace Engelberg’s five-star kitchens.”

The special program service is available on long-haul services from Switzerland for premium passengers for the next three months. It will be available in the first, business, and premium economy cabins.

The options onboard will reflect Chef Müller’s experience while drawing inspiration from the hotel’s menus.

“I spent several years cooking in the Middle East, and my experiences there made a lasting impression on me,” shares Müller. “That’s why I like to develop my dishes with exotic spices that breathe new life into classic concoctions. And I’m honored that I can now share my creations with SWISS’s passengers, too.”

Cabin Offerings

For the Business Class main course, Müller’s programming will include a beef tenderloin with za’atar spices and date jus, served alongside mashed potatoes with harissa, carrots, and romanesco.

Photo: Courtesy of SWISS

First Class guests can try her salmon trout with beurre noisette, smoked almond cream, parsley potatoes, and cauliflower.

Those in Premium Economy will be offered a special three-course meal created by the chef. The Obwalden region inspires it and includes marinated chicken with honey and a lentil ragout, followed by Obwalden cheese and a dessert of chocolate gingerbread with red wine pear compote.

Photo: Courtesy of SWISS

In addition to the specialty menu items, the program includes regional wines and cheeses to coincide with the dishes. Furthermore, the airline will continue to offer special vegetarian dishes created by Hilt, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world that has been open since 1898 in Zurich.

SWISS Taste of Switzerland Program

Since December 2002, SWISS has been offering its passengers in premium cabins a culinary experience that takes them on a journey through various regions in Switzerland. Every three months, a new Michelin-starred and GaultMillau-rated (another prestigious guide) chef is invited to create a few dishes based on the regional and seasonal specialties of their respective region.

All the meals are accompanied by wines and cheeses from the same region to make the experience more authentic.

Photo: Courtesy of SWISS

Since the beginning of this program, 21 years ago, the airline has collaborated with 82 guest chefs, each representing one of Switzerland’s 26 regions.

Some of the notable chefs who have participated in this program in the past include Silva Mansur, Jean-Marc Soldati, Anja Zingg, and Franck Reynaud.

Read more: What Is It Like to Fly Swiss Business Class?